Project Overview

Embedded Instruction Pilot Grant – California (Year 5)

The purposes of the Embedded Instruction California (EI-CA) Project are to adapt and support the installation, implementation, and sustainability of Embedded Instruction for Early Learning: Tools for Teachers in inclusive preschool classrooms serving children with individualized education programs (IEPs) throughout California. Since the EI-CA project began in 2015, over 300 preschool teachers across 10 partner sites (i.e., local educational agency, special education local plan area, and county offices of education) and over 575 children with or at-risk for disabilities who were nominated by their teacher to receive additional instructional support in inclusive classroom settings, have participated.

With leadership from the California Department of Education, Special Education Division and the Anita Zucker Center, partner sites have used an active implementation science framework to adopt, install, and sustain their use of practice-based coaching (Snyder, Hemmeter, and Fox, 2015) and embedded instruction in California. The professional development that coaches and teachers receive includes workshops, online modules, professional learning communities and practice-based coaching. Sites enrolled in EI-CA have the opportunity to participate in up to four years of professional development support to make practice-based coaching and embedded instruction practices a sustained component of their program and to build a team within their site dedicated to enhancing the success of young children with disabilities in inclusive settings.

The products of this project will include a manualized variation of practice-based coaching and the Embedded Instruction for Early Learning: Tools for Teachers training materials designed for use in California, with explicit alignment to the California Early Learning Foundations and the Desired Results Developmental Profile, a website adapted for use in California and state-and district-level guidance on how to apply the principles of implementation science to sustain and scale-up EI-CA.

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Project Information


Funding Period


Funding Number

AGR DTD 09-19-2019


Contact Person:

Amanda Shaffer